Connor Syme, first tee shots at Italian Open

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Connor Syme, first tee shots at Italian Open

The 78 / o Italian Open, at the Marco Simone Golf & Country Club in Guidonia Montecelio (Rome), home of the Ryder Cup 2023, will open at 7:30 on Thursday 2 September with the first tee shots. The Scottish Connor Syme, the Dutch Darius Van Driel and the young blue amateur Andrea Romano will kick off the European Tour tournament on the tee of hole 1, at the second appearance - after the debut of 2020 - in the maximum review of tricolor golf.

Italian Open, Connor Syme

Among the first big names to take the field here is Guido Migliozzi who, at 8:30 in the morning, from 10, will face (in the first and also in the second round) two other expected protagonists: the Swedish Henrik Stenson (silver medal at the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Games and among the three Major champions in the competition) and the Austrian Bernd Wiesberger, winner of the Italian Open in 2019.

Immediately after (8:40 from 10) here is the English Ross McGowan ( reigning champion). Alongside him will be fellow countryman Luke Donald, former world number 1, and Spaniard Nacho Elvira. At 13:10 (from 1) it will be the turn of Renato Paratore, South African Justin Harding and English Andy Sullivan.

Twenty minutes later, at 13:30 (from hole 1), it will be the turn of Francesco Molinari who will have at his side, in the first two laps, the English Tommy Fleetwood (with whom the Turin-born has dragged the Old Continent to success at Ryder Cup 2018 in Paris) and the Danish Rasmus Hojgaard, talent of the European Tour with three successes on the circuit on the bulletin board, the last of which arrived last Sunday at the Omega European Masters, in Switzerland.

At 13:40, interesting also the grouping that will see protagonists the British Matthew Fitzpatrick, the German Martin Kaymer (number 1 in the world in 2011) and the French Victor Perez. A new career as a mental coach, alongside some of the best golfers in the world to drag them to success and support them in times of difficulty.

This is what Michael Phelps, the most decorated athlete in the history of the Olympics, seems to have undertaken (also in the name of friendship). A great golf enthusiast, many now define him as the "secret weapon" of green totems such as Jon Rahm, number one in the world ranking, and Jordan Spieth, the Texan who, after a long period of crisis, is back in 2021 to amaze.

"He's a good guy, he's been through a lot as a sportsman and he's the greatest Olympian of all time with a lot of tricks up his sleeve. I'm not going to reveal what I asked him but I can say that he has helped me a lot in the last period.

". These are the revelations of the Spaniard Rahm. For the legendary swimmer, nicknamed 'the Baltimore Shark', important words also came from Spieth, today 12 / o in the world ranking. "The mental aspect is something I've worked on a lot with him lately.

I'm really lucky to have him around. Besides, he's a great lover of golf and having him now more and more in our world is an added value." This is the opinion of Spieth who yesterday, alongside Phelps, played the Pro-Am of the BMW Championship, the second event of the Play-Offs of the Pga Tour starting today in Owing Mills (USA), Maryland.